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New Urban Economics Research from Quinnipiac University Described


  2012 APR 20 - (VerticalNews.com) -- "We introduce a non-parametric microdata based test for industrial specialization and apply it to a single urban area. Our test employs establishment densities for specific industries, a population counterfactual, and a new correction for multiple hypothesis testing to determine the statistical significance of specialization across both places and industries," scientists in Hamden, Connecticut report.

  "Results highlight patterns of specialization that are extremely varied, with downtown places specializing in a number of service sector industries, while suburban places specialize in both manufacturing and service industries. Business service industries are subject to more specialization than non-business service industries while the manufacturing sector contains the lowest representation of industries with specialized places," wrote S.B. Billings and colleagues, Quinnipiac University.

  The researchers concluded: "Finally, we compare results for specialization with localization and show that both measures contribute to our understanding of industry and place specific agglomerative forces."

  Billings and colleagues published their study in the Journal of Urban Economics (A non-parametric test for industrial specialization. Journal of Urban Economics, 2012;71(3):312-331).

  For additional information, contact S.B. Billings, Quinnipiac Univ, Dept. of Econ, Hamden, CT 06518, United States.

  The publisher's contact information for the Journal of Urban Economics is: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, 525 B St, Ste 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, USA.

  Keywords: City:Hamden, State:Connecticut, Country:United States, Region:North and Central America

  This article was prepared by VerticalNews Economics editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2012, VerticalNews Economics via VerticalNews.com.

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